RIP – DICK DUROCK


EXPIRED: 09/17/09 – Dick Durock, 72, was 6’5” & 225 lbs, when he was approached in an LA gym to be a stuntman. 80 films & 700 TV episodes later, he’s best known as “Swamp Thing”, for which he wore 80 lbs of wet latex.

His early work included stunts for “The Beverly Hillbillies” and a bit part as “Guard #1” in an episode of “Star Trek.” He would go on to do stunt work in pablum like “The Poseidon Adventure,”  “A-Team,” “The Rockford Files,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Married with Children” and “Stand by Me.”

But Durock’s most memorable work was as the DC Comics character Swamp Thing, a plant-like humanoid charged with protecting the natural world from the abuses of man. “It paid the bills,” he said.

He played the character in two feature films, “Swamp Thing” (1982) and “The Return of Swamp Thing” (1989), and in a subsequent television series, also called “Swamp Thing,” that ran for 71 episodes in the early 1990s.

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